As the weather gets cooler over the next few months expect to see more winter species getting caught throughout the passage and Moreton Bay area. Jew, snapper, bream, tailor and winter whiting will be on the increase. Whiting, flathead, jacks, cod and muddies still on the chew throughout the passage at the moment.
There’s been some quality muddies and sandies getting caught after the recent rain. Although not huge rainfall totals definitely enough to push a few crabs out of there holes. All the creeks in the passage worth a look and once again good quality pro pots with fresh baits and a 24 hour soak the best bet. I’ve had quite a few crab pots stolen over the last 25 years or so and it gets very frustrating when you lose a couple.
When you have 11 pots stolen out of 12 we put out its no wonder why I go back to sinking the pots these days. I’ve also heard that professional crabbers around Brisbane and the Queensland north coast having a lot of pots stolen also. The weed in the passage of late has been absolutely shocking and it’s almost not worth going sand crabbing. Although The sand crabs are thick as hell at the moment. From out in the bay to well up the passage all crabbing well. There have been some nice jacks getting caught from the passage creeks. Plastics, hardbodys and top water lures working well.
Along with the jacks are estuary cod, Queensland grouper, trevally, javelin fish and flattys. The summer whiting are still firing around the mouths of the passage creeks, the ocean beach and the Sandstone Point flats. Good squire and the odd little cobia at Cooks Rocks and Sunkens. Out off Woorim beach, the longtail tuna and mack tuna have been going off. We are finding once you go over 20 gram slugs, basically getting no fish. Ten to 20 gram slugs with upgraded trebles or singles the go.
It’s amazing to watch a 15kg plus tuna eat your lure at the boat. Over off the cape still producing some great pelagics on trolled baits and lures. The shallow reefs all producing some great mixed bags of sweetlip, cod, moses perch, snapper, pigfish, tuskies and jew. Also hanging around are big trevally, yellowtail and black kingfish, amberjack and samson fish. Floatlinings baits, working plastics or bottom bouncing all producing some quality fish.
When fishing these areas always have a floatline out for a Spanish mackerel and usually, we also have a small spin stick slug combo ready for any schools of feeding fish we come across. As the weather cools down we should hopefully see some consistent good weather patterns throughout the next few months. Anyways hope all you guys out there had a great Easter break and enjoyed your time off. Tight lines and remember “don’t destroy what you come to enjoy “